Mark Rothko

Step inside New York’s Carnegie Hall, where beautiful music and stirring history ring out

Step inside New York’s Carnegie Hall, where beautiful music and stirring history ring out

Sites and Sounds: This is the first in a series of occasional articles exploring great music venues of America.

Tine Thing Helseth, a 30-year-old Norwegian trumpeter, had just made her Carnegie Hall main stage debut with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Now she stood center stage, applause resounding around her, a surprise up her sleeve.

Instead of raising her trumpet for an encore, she started singing, no microphone, no accompaniment. The song was the old standard “Smile.” Helseth’s delicate, disarming voice carried to every corner of the building.

“Smile, though your heart is aching….”

A charming, unexpected moment, but maybe I shouldn’t have been...

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